PORT KLANG – The Royal Selangor Yacht Club has announced the return of Selangor Tourism as a main sponsor for its Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) which will flag off from Port Klang on 19 November later this year. Container port Westports Malaysia and Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney are also on board once again, for the third year running.
Known for its unpredictable winds, weather and tide, the RMSIR provides excitement for even the most experienced of sailors, along with an interesting challenge. Add to that a little bit of sightseeing and fun social events at every stop and you have a regatta with everything. This world-class event requires participating boats to push onwards from the flag-off point of Port Klang to the islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi in an attempt to win the prestigious Raja Muda Cup, among other prizes. The fleet will take the familiar course along Malaysia's west coast, and make its way to the various checkpoints via the Straits of Malacca with inshore racing, awards and dinner parties as part of the agenda. Race management for this year's RMSIR has once again been placed in the capable hands of returning Race Officer, Jerry Rollin, with Bryan Willis also back to head the International Jury.
The RSYC will set up RMSIR race offices at the Straits Quay marina – which is managed by former RMSIR alumnus, John Ferguson – and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC). The recently refurbished RLYC features the new establishment "Fisherman's Wharf Langkawi" – a three-level block which houses a new 44-room boutique hotel, Charlie's Bar & Grill (formerly known as Charlie's Place Bar & Restaurant), as well as few other restaurants and outlets.
This year's RMSIR will run from 18 to 26 November 2016. The regatta, which is organised annually by the RSYC in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), is in its 27th year. Registration for the 2016 RMSIR is now open where a Notice of Race has been issued and is available on the RMSIR website (www.rmsir.com).
The RMSIR was established in 1990 by the RSYC's Royal Patron, the Sultan of Selangor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (who was then Raja Muda Selangor) together with Dato' Johan Ariff and Jonathon Muhiudeen. Yachts competing in the regatta range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, all of which make the regatta a matchless experience.
The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging enough even for seasoned sailors.
About the Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC)
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) is the oldest and most active members' yacht club in Malaysia. Established in July 1969, it was first registered as the "Port Swettenham Yacht Club", before changing its name to the "Selangor Yacht Club" in 1972. It was officially given its new name on its 20th anniversary, where it was officially opened and named the "Royal Selangor Yacht Club" in March 1989 by the Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor. Today, the RSYC has more than 1,200 members and caters for sailors, fishermen and powerboat owners.
Organizers of the 2016 Multihull Solutions Phuket Regatta anticipate this year's event to be the most successful in its nine-year history. Staged from 14-17 July, the 2016 multihull-only regatta has already received enormous interest and more than 25 entries are expected to enjoy the four days of exhilarating racing and unforgettable social action set against the breathtaking backdrop of Phuket's waterways.
Multihull Solutions is again the major sponsor of the event, which is professionally organized by Phuket Yacht Club. The 2016 Multihull Solutions Phuket Regatta is open to all multihulls (catamarans and trimarans) with an overall length greater than six metres that are acceptable to the race committee. Private and charter multihulls are welcome to enter, and the regatta is expected to comprise the following classes: Racing Multihulls with valid OMR ratings; Firefly 850 Sports One Design Class; Cruising Multihulls without OMR ratings; and Corsair Pulse 600s.
Cruising multihulls will enjoy their own exclusive course throughout the event, while five world renowned Corsair Pulse 600s have already entered promising a thrilling spectacle of racing over the three days. The regatta continues to be arguably the best value event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with Early Bird entries costing only 4,500 Thai Baht per boat including skipper (approx. $120 AUD) or 2,000 Thai Baht per crew member (approx. $52 AUD). Multihull Solutions Asia general manager Andrew de Bruin said the 2016 regatta has received interest from all over the Asia Pacific region.
"It's clear that the regatta is now a significant event for multihull enthusiasts throughout Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand, who realize it is a fantastic chance to escape the winter chill and enjoy some exhilarating racing and unforgettable social events," Andrew said. "There is simply no other professional regatta that delivers such amazing racing, warm hospitality and breathtaking scenery, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Phuket Yacht Club to make it one of the most popular regattas in the entire Asia Pacific region," he said.